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Early-Fall Tree Care Tips

Preparing trees for the winter should be happening in early Fall. They will also end up thriving next Spring! Preventative maintenance and good practices in the fall boost trees’ health and well-being during the winter and creates a promising environment to promote healthy trees in the Spring. Keep your trees happy and healthy all year-round! Here are some things to know about getting your trees ready for Fall.

Look for pruning issues

After the leaves are on the ground is the time to plan for pruning your trees. You can see the branches better after the leaves have fallen. Try to remove an dead or dying branches so that you create a healthy tree. These are not essential to the tree anymore.

Feeding Your Trees

Tree roots tend to grow more in the Fall. The system of roots stores energy for the tree to use later on. They use a lot of this energy in the spring when they start to flower and produce leaves once again. New growth in the spring can happen when the soil sustains nutrient levels and helping the production of roots in the tree. Supplemental feeding is very beneficial to younger and newly planted trees. However, not all trees need or demand fertilization. 

Complete cultural practices

Giving tree roots some added protection during the winter can help a lot. Consider remulching around your trees. This also helps with the moisture levels in the soil over the winter when the air is dry. Having 2-3 inches of composted mulch on top of where the roots are gives excellent protection. You may also want to add protective wraps on trees with thin bark or your recently planted trees. 

Water Consumption

The dry air and lack of rain can occur during the fall and early winter. This can take a toll on trees. Provide some irrigation to the roots to help them through this time of year. You should only water when temperatures are above 40-degree water around middle of the day so the roots have time to soak it in. Applying around 5 gallons of water per inch of the tree’s diameter will be enough when there is a lack of rain as winter approaches.

Contact Dudley Tree

Dudley Tree can take care of all your tree needs this Fall! Whether you need help with tree care of tree removal, we can take care of it. Contact us to learn more about our services. Give us a call or fill out our contact form to get in touch!


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How to Handle Exposed Tree Roots

Tree root systems are very vast and complex to look at. They are windy and provide so much strength to the tree. Since most tree roots are under the ground, the typical homeowner won’t be looking into their yard to see any roots. Sometimes, a few tree roots can grow to be seen above the ground. What might it mean when exposed tree roots begin to happen? How can you work with them to keep your tree strong and your yard safe? 

What causes exposed tree roots?

Even though it might seem like your tree’s roots are growing in an upward direction, the root system of a tree grows outwards and downwards from its base. Noticing any roots above ground can happen when there is erosion of the soil. The ground may be exposed to heavy rain and lack of sun, which causes erosion. This will expose the roots and potential cause them some hard while they are above ground for some time. 

What To Do with Any Exposed Tree Roots

A tree’s roots can quickly be damaged by people, lawn mowers, and other tools in your yard. Damaged roots can’t efficiently do their job of getting water and nutrients for the tree, and this can negatively influence your tree’s the health and well-being of your tree. If you notice a tree with exposed tree roots in your yard, you are able to do some things to limit any harm and protect your trees:

  • You don’t want people walking all over the roots, so avoid spending time in areas of your lawn with the roots. 
  • Place mulch over the roots for added protection from the elements and animals.
  • Try to use organic elements as your choice of mulch over the roots.
  • You should spread mulch over the whole area in case of soil erosion to protect exposure to other roots.
  • Avoid mowing your lawn too close to the exposed roots. You don’t want to accidentally damage them with the mower blade.
  • If you want another option to mulching around the exposed roots, spread new soil and add some plants.

Contact a Tree Professional

If you are ever curious about the well-being of your tree, contact Dudley Tree! Our team of tree professionals have years of experience in the tree industry. Contact us for more information about our services. Whether you need tree removal, tree trimming, pruning, or stump grinding, we can take care of it. Give us a call or fill out our contact form to get in touch!

 


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